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1/13/13 Zion Mundelein's Jeremiah Hixon wrestles Waukegan's Julian Ramos during the wrestling meet hosted by the Zion-Benton Stingers at Zion-Benton High School. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 19, 2013 3:03AM

The wrestling program at Zion-Benton High School is on the rise.

And a big reason for that is the success of the Zee-Bee Stingers youth wrestling program that’s based in Zion.

Last weekend, the Stingers hosted their annual youth tournament ­­— the Bee­­-Hive Brawl — and as things turned out, the host team was one of the more successful programs at the event.

Seven Stingers won titles in various age/weight classes, while another seven posted second-place finishes.

Stinger coach Ernesto Villalobos noted that “the kids wrestled hard and represented our program well.”

Also coaching the Stingers are Joel Delgado, Jeff Hansen, Brad Flament and Fernando Ospina.

The Stinger program has grown in stature thanks to support from many individuals and businesses.

Villalobos tipped his cap toward those who’ve helped make the program a success including:

■ From Zion — Zion-Benton High School, CJ’s Donuts, Shirl’s, Dairy Queen, Ace Hardware, StarLite, Potestas, Pinsters, Omni, Jewel, Hair Illusions, Family Video and Dominos.

■ From The Harbor — The Lighthouse, Roma, Bow Woes & Meows, and The Outdoorsman.

■ From Beach Park — Walgreen’s, McDonalds and Emily’s.

■ From Wadsworth — Captain Porky’s and The Savannah House.

■ From Kenosha — Ruffolos, Monkey Joe’s, Alpaca Pottery, and Jimanos.

■ Others — Premier Design by Kate Anderson, Maggie Moo, and Highland Park Ford.

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